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lady michelle obama will be there tomorrow night in denver. one more interesting note, martin, it is the first couple's 20th anniversary tomorrow night. they will be together, they will be together in denver, and they will have a proper celebration this weekend. >> wow. celebrating and working at the same time. nbc's kristin welker. thanks so much. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide to help you better understand what medicare is all about. and which aarp medicare supplement plan works best for you. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no n
. the debate will be of the university of denver featuring the president barack obama and the challenger mitt romney. this happens every four years. we enter the final hours before the state -- before the debate. we later put them into perspective that we're going to try to do that. there is the rest of news reports over the weekend and this morning telling us how vital the debates are. we're here to offer a thought today on really helping all of us citizens on how to watch these debates and how to evaluate to start off with. the analysis may be the only certain thing we know about the debates of this point. we hope to go further than that. and assist you watching today in the studio, watching on c- span and live streaming to develop tips and tools to watch the debates. television debates began in 1960 with john f. kennedy facing vice-president nixon. the next debates were not until 1976. a commission was set up to run the debates. a town hall format was introduced in 1992, which will be the format for the second debate. that will take place october 16. the final debate returns to the moderat
hours. zyrtec®. love the air. >>> five days before the first show down between president obama and mitt romney at a debate at university of denver. we have a couple of polls from swing states to show you. the poll roundup for the morning. in virginia, president obama leads by two. in iowa, romney by one in a republican poll done for iowa republican website there, moving down the ballot, add some other numbers in the nbc wall street polls, dean heller leading berkley by five points in the new hampshire governor race. in north carolina, the republican pulling away over the democrat. and we have melissa harris-perry, and republican strategist and former adviser to chris christie, mike duhane. maggie, start with you. we have all of the debate memos. right now, the only time you can see one side compliment the other is on debate skills. apparently one is lincoln, one is douglas, the other is not. >> one is cicero. my colleague alex burns wrote if either of the guys manages to tie their shoes and make it to the podiums, it will be impressive to the advisers. what we hear out of the camp, my g
the university of denver because it's the site of tomorrow night's faceoff between president barack obama and his challenger governor mitt romney. cnn's political director mark preston could not wait. he's already there in denver. you're looking very happy to be there early and this is debate number one. you've still got a lot to go. two more for this month. talk to me a little bit about the format of how this conversation is going to take place, what the limitations are and what they can actually get accomplished. >> reporter: well, ashleigh, let's talk about the bullet points what viewers should expect to see tomorrow. six different segments during this debate, three segments focusing on the economy, which should come as no surprise, issue number one since 2008. so one presidential election ago. talking about health care which has become a big issue over the past couple of years with president obama passing what is now known as obama care and mitt romney saying he will repeal that. in addition to that, they're going to spend a segment talking about the role of government, also talking about gov
: president obama's not going to arrive this denver until tomorrow. he's in nevada getting ready for the debate, and that's where we find ed henry who's used to traffic jams and everything that comes with traveling with the president. how is the president's debate prep going? what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, jenna, i hope they've got a parking spot for me and my producer sarah, we're going to denver tonight. but john kerry is playing mitt romney in these mock sessions. he's been spotted in the president's hotel, reading glasses on, pile of papers in front of him as if he's really studying hard, trying to press the president, push some of his buttons in these debate sessions. the president trying to project a kind of calm, cool attitude, i suppose, carrying some pizzas in to his volunteers' office here in the local area in nevada yesterday to talk to them, fire up the troops, if you will. and then the president picked up a cell phone and started calling some of the volunteers. take a listen. >> that was very nice, you know? we're, you know, although basically they're keepi
enough progress to take the state. if you break it down to a graphically comment the denver metro area is about half of the state. the poster child for demographic change in the united states and how it can shift is the great state of nevada. obama is running ahead of the not as far as he did in 2008. this is a little cut off here. you can see an incredible increase of nine percentage points and those that are minorities between 2000 and 2012. you can see that there has been a decline of five percentage points in the share that are white non college. that is a very quick tour through some of the swing state of the 2008 election. -- 2012 election. maybe it is time for me to say why is this? why is this going on? why does obama have a solid lead he does? many argue that this should be an arguable reaction. the stimulus was looked upon unfavorably by lot of voters. it may have helped the economy come back. it did not turn into a picture of help. what is going on? the first factor is the economy. it is not great now. it is better than it used to be. voters can remember a few years back. so
. >>> ahead, chuck todd will join us from the debate site in denver. coming up, senior adviser to the obama campaign, david axelrod. and in a few minutes, senior adviser to the romney campaign, ed gillespie. keep it right here on "morning joe." [ "human" by the human league playing ] humans. we mean well, but we're imperfect creatures living in a beautifully imperfect world. it's amazing we've made it this far. maybe it's because when one of us messes up, someone else comes along to help out. that's the thing about humans. when things are at their worst, we're at our best. see how at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? ♪ >>> i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down. he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. he had a plan. he was going to dominate the time. he was going to be aggressive. he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively. he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it. the latest thing we got from romney, because he said so, y
with the united states feared and live tonight, what engage as president obama and mitt romney have their first debate from the university of denver. our first program starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern. and after the debate, your reaction and comments. >> the first in 45 minutes, a discussion on the role of young voters in the presidential election.
and president bush had a very different judgment. >> reporter: mitt romney and president obama are no strangers to debates. combined participated in dozens of debates over the past two election cycles. a lot is at stake this wednesday in denver. >> i would put medicare and social security in a lock box. >> reporter: in 2000, algore held an 8 point lead over george bush before the first debate. right after his lead vanished, the two were tied at 43. this year, each side is making efforts to lower expectations. this memo obtained, is written by romney advisor, beth meyers, she talks glowingly about the president's debate record, siting where americans declared him the winner over john mccain each time. you make your opponent out to be unbeatable, regardless of what is said, you can declare a victory of sorts. >> how are the candidates getting ready for the weekend? >> reporter: there is going to be a lot of studying going this weekend, mitt romney is going back to boston, actually you might remember he has been getting ready with rob portman, playing the role of president obama and portman took
of denver featuring the president barack obama and the challenger mitt romney. this happens every four years. we enter the final hours before the debate. we later put them into perspective that we're going to try to do that. there is the rest of news reports over the weekend and this morning telling us how vital the debates are. we're here to offer a thought today on really helping all of us citizens on how to watch these debates and how to evaluate to start off with. the analysis may be the only certain thing we know about the debates of this point. we hope to go further than that. and assist you watching today in the studio, watching on c- span and live streaming to develop tips and tools to watch the debates. television debates began in 1960 with john f. kennedy facing vice-president nixon. the next debates were not until 1976. a commission was set up to run the debates. a town hall format was introduced in 1992. that will take place october 16. the final debate returns to the moderator and candidates on october 22 at lynn university of florida. on the panel today to discuss going beyond
combat last night in denver. >> republican mitt romney and president barack obama traded shots on the economy, the deficit, taxes, job creation and medicare during the first presidential depate. and this morning we could be waking up to a changed race for the white house. sarah simmons is here with a look back at some of the biggest moments last night. sarah, good morning. >>reporter: good morning to you both. well, some snap polls overnight show mitt romney coming out of the debate on top. a cnn survey of people watching even had him winning by a more than 40-point margin, at the very least the former governor may have made the race much more competitive, but the question is will it last. you can argue that just by walking out on this stage mitt romney got a boost, appearing alongside the president, but while they warmly shook hands, romney was on the offensive. >> mr. president, you're entitled as a president to your own airplane and own house but not your own facts. >>reporter: despite that and despite the buildup, this was not the night full of zingers that many pundits h
viewers watched the first debate in 2008 between barack obama and john mccain. >> sarah? sarah? >> they were gathering downside the university of denver prepare and for tomorrow night's first presidential debate. we will have live coverage beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern. the full schedule is on our website and you will see the n c-span.org. it is a link on the front page or on c-span.org/debates. our bus just a four-day tour through virginia. we ask students in virginia with the most important issue was to them in the upcoming election. here are some of their thoughts. >> young people will be a factor because a lot of them will be very enthusiastic to vote for the first time. a lot of them will want to vote for the direction their country will go in. >> i do not think young people be a factor in this election because i do not think celebrities aren't forcing as much. also within the ratio factions are being overplayed. >> young people will be a huge decider because this affects marlon their passionate about what's going on. they really want to get involved." >> you think teenag
and a half hours. >>> today this week's denver debate. the first of three 09-minute faceoffs. obama versus romney. >> how is it that you're the expert on my position when my position has been very clear? i'll tell you -- >> i'm the expert. i'm the expert, and i'm -- >> when he suggests that senator obama's plan is dangerous -- >> that's not the case. what he said was a precipitous withdrawal would be dangerous. he did not say -- >> he said -- >> sizing up the showdown with a man who has debated both 2012 candidates republican senator john mccain, and then the risk of being the frontrunner with obama's senior advisor david axelrod. plus, polls, ads, and early voting. with republican strategist alex castellanos, and cinderella and congressional correspondent dana bash. i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." >>> it would not be debate season if the political world and the campaigns didn't play the expectations game. >> the president is obviously a very eloquent, gifted speaker. he will do just fine. >> the president's campaign manager jim mecina called romney a very skilled debater
the candidates are back on the campaign trail today. president obama starts out where he left off in denver then he heads to madison wisconsin. joe biden is in iowa and mitt romney is in virginia. but who wants to talk about all of that when what you really want to talk about is the debates. a lot of claims thrown around last night. we're going to do some fact checking for you this morning. but first let's start out with a bit of a recap. of the debate was moderated by mitt romney. oh wait, we mean jim lehrer who i think it is safe to say did worse than expected. the president did not perform up to his usual standards and mitt romney came out swinging taking a very offensive approach against the president as well as jim lehrer, big barned the entire pbs crew. the debate focus around the economy as we knew it would and the candidates traded jabs over tax policies for the middle class. >> romney: under the president's policies middle income americans have been buried. they've been crushed. i will not under any circ
yond this debate, what is next for both men now, karen? >> president obama will be back here in just a couple hours. an event here this morning at university of denver. before he head to wisconsin for an event in madison. that's expected to be a large crowd, college campus, possibly over 10,000 people. mitt romney heading to virginia today, outside charlottesville. smaller event, smaller town. rob, paula, now talking about the debate for a couple days. then all about vps, paul ryan and joe biden, debate next week and see where the debate conversation goes. that is certainly going to be maybe more interesting than tonight's was. >> expect a little more fire from the vps. >> little bit. >> little more entertaining. thank you, care ken. a long day, live for us this morning in denver. thank you again. stay with abc news for indepth debate analysis. senior washington editor rick klein will have political observations here coming up later in this half-hour. >>> president obama hoped to put osama bin laden on trial, that is a cording to a new book out later this month. the book quoting the
us from denver with more. good morning, brandi? >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. this debate has been the biggest moment so far in this race. and for much of the night, president obama looked very relaxed on stage. and mitt romney pounced, putting the president on defense. the first presidential debate started with a hand shake and a smile between president obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney. then, it quickly focused on the economy. >> 5 million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry's come roaring back. and housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again, to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night. but his comments about the 47% had taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments. and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies, middle-income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. i will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families. >> reporter: the president challenged his rival, saying that r
denver undecided voters, what they thought of barak obama. show of hands. how many of you voted for john mccain in 2008? okay. minority of you. how many thought mitt romney won this debate in 2012, raise your hands? almost all of you. so give me a word or phrase to describe romney's performance today. >> showmanship, stage craft. >> noncommittal. >> principled. >> articulate and command of the facts. >> clearly passionate and definitive. >> mostly shallow. >> determined. >> articulate and energetic. >> passion and vibrant. >> demonstrated experience. >> in control. >> determined and optimistic. >> prepared and passionate. >> i thought insincere. >> well coached and prepared. >> vague and as usual. >> leadership. >> direct. >> knowledgeable, yet defensive. >> confident. >> political and nonspecific. >> decisive. >> energized. >> passionate with truth. >> what's the number one issue facing denver and colorado -- who here thinks it's jobs? okay. there is one moment when mitt romney looked at barak obama and said, you shouldn't be focusing on other issues. his priority is jobs. here is one o
anyone think president obama is more towards one race? i don't think so. >> roger rails would like to see you in his office. joining us right now, let's get to our panel here in denver, mike shira, "time" magazine, white house correspondent, who has the cover story in this week's issue. john harwood, cnbc chief white house correspondent, and holding it down in new york city, msnbc political analyst karen finney. john, are you there in the spin room. as you know, the spinning begins before either candidate has spoken. we've seen both parties attempt to deflate expectations. but isn't the biggest challenge for mitt romney, not what he plans to say tonight, but how he explains what he's already said, in particular, his derision for 47% of the people in this country? >> reporter: certainly, martin, he's going to have to address that and try to diffuse that issue. look, this is an incredibly important event in the campaign. tens of millions of people will watch these two guys standing side by side. mitt romney is behind, but behind by three points. he could still win this race. he's got to fig
cross. your trash can. lawsuit, baby. >>> before we get to all of that. president obama's most ardent supporters admit he turned in a lackluster debate performance last night. >> and now we'll see if mitt romney can capitalize on his strong showing. abc's karen travers live in denver where the debates took place. >> reporter: good morning. there were missed opportunities for president obama and mitt romney. wonky debate, in-depth policy talk. mitt romney came out very aggressive, very prepared, and put president obama on defense for most of the 90 minutes. president obama and mitt romney finally went head-to-head, right out of the gate, the candidates boiled down their economic arguments. >> governor romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> the president has a silar to the view he had whe rn an four years ago. if you will, trickle down government would work. that's not the right answer for america. >> reporter: romney's comments about the 47% have taken a toll on his
institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> c-span cameras live in denver. this is the location where president obama and mitt romney will debate tomorrow night. this is the television crew getting ready for the debate tomorrow night. will take a look around for just a bit. the debate will focus on domestic policy tomorrow night. blair -- jim lehrer will be the moderator. the debate at 9:00 p.m. we will open up the phone lines and take your tweets. our coverage gets underway at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the candidates' spending the day preparing for the debate. paul ryan is visiting iowa. three towns on his schedule today. vice-president biden is in north carolina in charlotte and asheville. news from the campaign trail from ohio. they are beginning their early voting in ohio. also in pennsylvania. a judge halted the enforcement i.d.at state's voter law. the president is in henderson, nevada. mitt romney prepping at a denver hotel. this is what they had to say about the debate. >> now, you may have heard that in a few days my opponent in this election and i are go
, denver, colorado, romney versus obama. that's next wednesday, 8:00 p.m. eastern time he on c. >>> theh dayof the united natis general assembly and a side group is taking on auably the bloodiest and most brutal problem in the world today. syria. the conf there has reportedlyed more than 30,000 people since march of last yea more than twthirdsre civilians. this is youtube video out of aleppo, the city of aleppo. today, the german foreign minister made a plea before the assembly. >> translator: such suffering is speechless. bulsoimpells us to act. to this very day the security council hasailed to live up to its responsibility for peop in ria. >> germany is part of a special u.n. athis ur. knn as the friends of syria. u.s. sec also ere with about 20 other world leaders. >>> let's turnto cnn's senior united nations correspondent richard roth. before we get to syria, i want get the ltest onhat phone call involving israeli prime minister benjamin etanyahu. yesterday, he urgethat a red úp the nuclear progme given to in iran. we havlearned that he and now the answer whom oken. called whom? >>
romney and president obama is being held wednesday at the university of denver. our live debate preview starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern. at 9:00 p.m., jim lehrer of moderates the 90-minute debate with focus on domestic policy. after the debate, e-mails, phone calls, and wheat. -- and tweaks. here is part of a 2008 debate between senator john mccain and then senator barack obama. >> the conversation i had with joe the plumber, what i essentially said to him was, five years ago when you were in a position to buy your business, you needed a tax cut then. what i wanted to do was to make sure that the plumber, a nurse, the firefighter, the teacher, the young entrepreneur who does not yet have money, i want to give them a tax break now. that require some important choices. the last thing i want to make about small businesses, not only do 98% of small businesses make less than 21 for $50,000, but i want to give them additional tax breaks because they are the drivers of -- less than 250,000 boxes, but i want to give them additional tax breaks because they are the drivers of this economy. >> in othe
. president obama has arrived in las vegas and getting ready for the showdown. romney will be in denver in advantages of this. paul ryan was talking about the romney ryan ticket new framework for the race. they said referendum on president obama's record. but it's decide how to best deal with the competent. here is paul ryan trying to set the stage. >> we can have a dynamic growing economy that produces opportunity or stagnant economy that fosters dependency. we can stick with the failed policies of last four years for the next four years or a brighter future. stalg nation versus growth, dependency versus opportunity and mobility. that is the classic choice and clear difference we are offering. >> reporter: that is sort of classic choice, a very broad assessment of the two competing viewpoints and agendas. there is a big discussion always about whether or not you win debates by fact points and trying gotchas or whether it's a question of demeanor and personality. you can go back to famous debates, al gore and george bush where al gore sed more intelligent things on the stage but his dem
-new hour of "america live." i'm megyn kelly. we have live pictures from denver and from vegas. screen left, governor romney is about to arrive in colorado. screen right president obama is in vegas at this hour and we'll have full-team fox news coverage. we begin with our senior correspondent john roberts in denver. >> reporter: governor romney is going to be here very soon. he leaves boston in about an hour after a morning debate prep. it will be here at wings of the rockies air and space museum, hence the b52 over my right shoulder to hold a rally in which he will come pair and contrast his policies with those of obama. he will say americans have a choice in this campaign and romney would be better choice than obama. his campaign is looking for a solid performance. they say it would be impossible against a skilled debater like barack obama to hit knockout punches. but according to chris christie of new jersey he says this could be a game changer. >> wednesday night is the restart of this campaign. i think you will see those numbers move right back in the other direction. showers day morni
parking lots. obama economics is working. eric miller from denver, colorado, says i used to be a huge michael savage type right-winger. but he put our show on in the morning on the way to work probably six to eight months ago to listen to the opposition and now he has turned around! he is no longer a savage conservative. he's a bill press liberal. welcome, eric! see the light. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: good morning. what do you say? it is friday. september 28. good to see you today. thank you for joining us here on the "full court press." on current tv. coming to you live from our nation's capital and bringing you up to date on the big stories of the day. stuff you're going to want to talk about by giving us a call at 1-866-55-press. the latest numbers, here's one of the things we'll talk about. the latest numbers from the u.s. department of labor show that president obama has brought back every one of the 4.3 million jobs lost under george w. bush and then
debate. the university of denver in colorado. now, this is where for 9 on minutes president obama, former massachusetts governor mitt romney will go at it tonight head-to-head, face-to-face, and while they're on the stage, whole lot will be happening behind the scenes. want to bring in cnn political director mark preston who gives us a look. >> heetsz head inside where the action is going to take place. >> she must be wonder whoing will be sitting in the audience tonight for this first presidential debate. i don't know the answer, but peter here with the commissioner on presidential debates does. >> on wednesday night at the university of denver we'll have students, vip's, and those that the campaigns have invited. they'll be on floort and on the balcony behind us. >> how do you get invited if you don't get an invitation from one of the candidates? >> it would be very difficult to get into the debate. >> who is going to be at that far podium? >> at the far podium will be governor romney, and then at the near podium will be president obama. >> how is it going to work? who will get the firs
. president obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney taking the stage at the university of denver. our coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. both men have a lot riding on tonight's first debate. for the most part the president has maintained a steady lead over romney since the democratic convention, but the race is now tightening. i want you to take a look at our latest cnn poll of polls. this is an average of five national polls. among likely voters, the president has 49%. mitt romney at 46%. everybody will be focussing on how these candidates performed. the debate after the debate. well, that, of course, will rage on. what we don't see is the work that goes behind the scenes the night before. our dana bash who sat down with one of the men who is prepping romney for a debate and gives us an inside look. >> if you make a serious accusation against governor romney like that -- >> i simply suggested -- >> you need to explain that. >> you want to try again? i mean -- >> wouldn't it be nice if people didn't make accusations somewhere else that they weren't willing to defend here? >> o
president obama and governor mitt romney face off in denver for their first debate. both candidates are going some final cramming. romney will also address supporters at a denver rally later tonight. >>> california becomes the first state to ban straight to gay therapy for miners. governor jerry brown signed the legislation. the bill's sponsor says conversion therapy is dangerous. a conservative group plans to file a suit. >>> families may have to dig deeper to pay for milk. the new york daily news quotes senator charles schumer as saying milk prices could double if congress does not approve a new farm bill. the senate's passed it, but not the house. a more dire warning coming from the national milk producers federation. milk could hit $6 a gallon. >>> an addictive dance. hundreds of prisoners in the philippines doing their rendition of the gangnam style dance. if you don't know him, you may have been living under a rock. gangnam style is the most liked youtube video ever with 335 million views. guess what? the song is number two. listen to it. on the u.s. charts. stay top of mind w
in america. it may have been short on fireworks but definitely long on detail. president obama and mitt romney meeting for their very first debate in denver. if you look at cnn's polling, viewers thought the winner was crystal clear. >> yeah, 67% of debate watchers surveyed thought romney ran away with it. >> we're going to bring in a democratic strategist, former employee in the clinton administration. great to have you here. dana bash is back us with. and anna navarro, a republican strategist that worked with john mccain and now a cnn contributor. we're glad you're all with us this morning. richard, you know, we have you here this morning on a day -- >> so good to be here this morning. >> a challenging day for the democrats. you saw the debate. you saw what our polls are saying this morning. >> there was a debate last night? >> yeah. >> did the president lose this? >> you know, i think luckily for me this morning history tells us that we don't know really who won or lost in terms of where it moved -- if it moved any votes until many days later. these things have to set in. but clearly
that during the debate wednesday in denver he will aggressively defend his record and beat back any miss characte characterizations from president obama that come his way. mr. romney has to have a big, good night on wednesday and definitely they are trying to plan, bill at this point, he's going to try to have one. bill: the billboard shows results from pennsylvania from 2008. this was a state that was heavily targeted by both parties. in 2008 pennsylvania went blue, it went democrat and barack obama won the state by 11 points over senator mccain 55-44%. on the map behind me senator mccain's counties are in red, barack obama's counties are in blue. you see where senator mccain did so well in the countryside. here in pittsburgh, ala againee county is where barack obama one. you go over to the southeastern part of the state and look how democratic this went. this is chester k-pt, delaware county right here where mitt romney is today. an easy winner. all these areas around philadelphia, montgomery county, heavily democratic. philadelphia county. over will ming 84-16% four years for barack o
this morning in denver. thank you again. stay with abc news for indepth debate analysis. senior washington editor rick klein will have political observations here coming up later in this half-hour. >>> president obama hoped to put osama bin laden on trial, that is a cording to a new book out later this month. the book quoting the president saying, mr. obama thought he would be in a strong enough political position after bin laden's capture to put bin laden on trial in the u.s. if bin laden survived the navy seal takedown. the president expecting bin laden going down fighting the book "the finish" on sale in 12 days. >>> the administration says there is evidence that stiff economic sanctions against iran are working. iranians protested in the streets of tehran yesterday, voicing anger about iran's plummeting currency and lost more than a third of its value in just a week. so that means it is costing citizens, a lot more to purchase imported goods. >>> american airlines is sweetening its offer as contract talks continue pilots. the carrier offering to put off pay cuts for international and o
is for sure. the debate this week in denver on wednesday is a big deal for the romney campaign. he has to make his case, and he has to mak his case he's a better candidate than barack obama. he has to throw some punches. he can't just kind of go in there sort of apologetically and be very gentle with obama. he has to really throw some punches and show people why he's the better candidate. i think a lot of these polls are a little bit overstated. i think the democrats have been oversampled in a lot of polls, and i don't think there's that huge of a gap between romney and obama. nonetheless, he has to make a really strong stand in the first debate. this is probably the most important debate for him at this point in the campaign. >> i don't want to let that statement about polls go unanswered. eugene robinson's piece today is about what he calls the new conspiracy. republicans diluted that there are skewed polls. paul ryan was the latest one to join on the bandwagon last night talking about wisconsin. >> i don't believe that particular poll. i won't get into the methodologies about it. >> they we
in november. chuck todd joins us from the debate site at the university of denver. chuck, what are you watching for tonight? >> the buzz word, the buzz phrase of "middle class." essentially, the reason romney is behind is because he's been losing that attribute to president obama by double-digit margins. i think it's been the most important attribute of the campaign, because it explains why is the president in a tough economic times, why has he been winning or at least neutralizing the economic argument and staying ahead in the polls. it's because he has been winning that attribute, if you will, of who's more in touch with the middle class, who looking out for the middle class. obviously, 47% was a huge body blow to romney. he was already in a deficit on this issue, of not being, looking out for the middle guy. so that, to me, is sort of how does romney try to deal with this tonight? he's been trying to deal with it for the last ten days, ever since the 47% comment came out. how he tries to do it. they acknowledge, the romney campaign, that this is their number one goal tonight. yes, i
be all over that. gregg: the man who wants president obama's job also getting ready for the first debate. governor mitt romney will be heading to denver a bit later today ahead of the big battle wednesday night, he'll hunker down preparing for the crucial race. john roberts is already live in denver, john, what is the governor doing to get ready for this big debate? >> good afternoon, to you. currently the governor is in boston engaging in a little bit of debate preparation. his wheels up about 3:00 this afternoon headed for denver and a big campaign events at the wings over the rockies air and space museum, hence the b52 over my right shoulder here. governor romney up until very recently has been trying to make this election a referendum on president obama. he is now slowly changing the rhetoric to make this a choice between two very different visions of where the country will be four years from now. no matter how you slice it governor romney really needs a game-changing moment here. could it come at the debate on wednesday? new jersey governor chris christie certainly seems to think yo
not worked. we cannot afford four more years of barack obama. we're not going to have four more years of barack obama. >> wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet in their first presidential debate. the news hour's jim lehrer moderates from the university of denver. watch and engage with crmbing span including our live debate preview at 7:00 p.m. eastern, the debate at 9:00 and post-debate your reactions. follow on c-span, c-span radio and online at c-span.org. >> september 11, 2001, was a day that change midlife forever. it changed america's life. i'm going to go through a power point presentation which is going to outline the account of the historical account of the attack as things happened, as things transpyred that day. it gets -- transpired that day. et gets intense. i'm going to do my best not to ramble on and go too fast. i would ask you to sit back, leer your mind, put yourself in that room an you'll get a real sense of what it was like to be at the too much the food chain, the national command authority, as a nation of 300 million americans was attack by 19 al qaeda t
administration did in two. by the way, we've been winning those cases. >> wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet in their first presidential debate. the news hour's jim lehrer moderates from the university of denver. watch and engage with c-span with the live debate, and followed by two ways to watch the debate at 9:00 o'clock, on c-span, both candidates on screen, the entire debate and on c-span2, the multi-camera version of the debate and following, your reactions, calls, e-mails, tweets. fog our live coverage on c-span, c-span radio, and online at c-span.org. >> >> the book is "third party matters" and joining from us tamper kwrarbgs florida is the author donald green. appreciate you being with us on c-span. guest: thank you. host: when have third parties made the biggest difference in american politics? guest: well, i think they've been -- there have been over 103rd parties since 1832. my book focuses on 11 parties i feel have made a difference. the two most significant parties in a sense are the two of the smaller ones, which is ralph nader in 2000, who changed the outcome to th
rights. the opinion itself, a huge one, but just one court, only in denver, colorado, and now any small business owner in america can march into court and make the same claim and hope to get the same result. it's a huge loss for the obama administration, and, of course, they are not talking about it much, but we will. thank you. >> hi, i'm one of the four colleagues -- >> mark? >> yeah. the 1992 documentary, the clinton campaign, and there's a sequence with al gore giving a stump speech about the economy is up and unemployment is up and wages a down and so forth. i was wondering how do the metrics compare between the 92 campaign, the last time the incumbent was defeated and this campaign, just the economic numbers based upon that? >> great question. of course, george hw bush lost in 1990 -- 1992 so one would assume if metrics are worse than then, president obama would lose. the only comparison i know it is that george hw bush had greater growth in the second quarter of ?iew and still lost than president obama had in this quarter so the economy is worse off. i also know that unemployment
obama. >> wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet at their first presidential debate. the university of denver, watch and engage with c-span. the debate is at 9:00. although our live coverage on c- span, c-span radio, and c- span.org. >> a debate between it tommy thompson and tammy baldwin. this debate is hosted by the wisconsin broadcasters association. this is an hour. this evening's debate will engage the two leading candidates for the 2012 senate election in their first face-to- face debate. farmers wisconsin gov. tommy thompson and second district congressman tammy baldwin. it is made possible in part through generous grants from the wisconsin association of independent colleges and universities and aarp wisconsin. >> good evening, everyone. these are my friends. >> wisconsin's 23 private nonprofit colleges and universities and are more than 61,000 students are pleased to sponsor this debate between the major candidates for the u.s. senate. to be competitive in the global economy, wisconsin need to expand educational opportunities. this is our mission at the asso
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